Personally, I think Kristen Wiig is one of the funniest and most talented actresses in Hollywood right now, and she doesn’t do enough. Wiig has optioned an interesting book with her own money from Monica Drake called Clown Girl. The book was released in 2007, and she will adapt the novel into a screenplay, and star as the main character in the story Nita. The story follows a woman who performs as Sniffles the Clown and tries to avoid the seedy world of clown fetishist prostitution.
Wiig would work wonders in a film like this. This may end up being the film that fully launches her career in movies. I know she’s been around on SNL forever and has had a few co-starring roles in movies, but she hasn't done anything that say’s “this is Kristen Wiig’s movie.” Clown girl will do just that.
Here’s the synopsis from the Novel:
Nita, otherwise known as Sniffles the Clown, is tying balloon animals for a horde of greedy, sticky children at a fair. Suffering what may be a cardiac event, she’s rushed to the hospital—after trying to get help from a clown fetishist, who simply drops his phone number on top of her prone form. Welcome to wacky, stressful Baloneytown, where clown prostitution, stoned dogs and fire juggling–cum–arson are the norm. Nita struggles to make enough money clowning to keep herself in oversized shoes and squirting daisies, while also saving for Clown College tuition for her boyfriend, handsome clown Rex Galore. But Rex is mostly MIA, and Nita’s longing for him settles on local cop Jerrod. While not much happens, the pace of the narrative is methamphetamine-frantic, as Drake drills down past the face paint and into Nita’s core, often using Nita’s relations with men as the bit.
This sounds like a fascinating story that should translate well for the big screen, and Wiig is the perfect person to bring this story to life.